Alley Cat Bookstore on 24th Street in the Mission. Photo by Esther Reyes

The Make-Out Room will host a “words and music celebration” to benefit the literary festival Litquake as well as the United Booksellers of San Francisco tonight at 7 p.m.

The  “Mission Bookstores – United We Stand” event is a collaboration between neighborhood bookstores Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books and Dog Eared Books, as well as Modern Times Bookstore Collective, which announced recently that it will close its doors in November after 45 years in business due to unsustainable rent increases.

The celebration will honor authors, activists, musicians and poets dedicated to maintaining thriving, diverse cultural spaces, and will be hosted by Kate Rosenberger, the owner of Dog Eared Books and Alley Cat books, along with local author and music historian Denise Sullivan.

Since its debut in 1999 as a one-day affair originally entitled ‘Litstock,’ Litquake has grown into the West Coast’s largest literary festival, attracting literature fans and renowned writers every October to participate in workshops, panel discussions, and readings at different venues in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin. United Booksellers of San Francisco is a coalition devoted to helping independent bookstores prosper in a climate that is increasingly hostile to small businesses.

Admission is on a sliding scale of $5-$10, and the event runs from 7-9 p.m. More information here.

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